Drawing Ten Thousand Things

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Drawings from around the farm nearby and family trip.

Drawings from around the farm nearby and family trip.

Gwen Diehn, a lifelong artist and educator, decided in mid-2013 to document her drawings and take on the challenge of drawing ten thousand things. Initially inspired by the statement – “You cannot learn to draw until you have drawn the ten thousand things.” – Diehn considered this a tangent on her own continuous path of drawing and learning. The term Ten Thousand Things refers to the countless manifestations of the Universal (or Tao or energy or God or whatever term one uses for the mysterious animating force of the universe).

Diehn launched this new phase with typical enthusiasm – heading out on her favorite paths and tuning in to everyday things with fresh eyes. On that June afternoon she drew one of the first day lillies of the season, a mulch pile in the old apple orchard, a bird on a wire, and caught the large orange and white tail of a fox bounding through the woods—the first fox she had ever seen on her local trail – taking the fox sighting as a good omen.

Diehn found the rhythm of making between seven and ten drawings a day quite pleasurable – the journals filled up with scenes and illuminated maps; travel sketches as well as the faces or accessories of friends and family at meetings and events; the evolving grandchildren and changes of seasons were all recorded. When her sketchbook with around a hundred drawings in it was stolen along with her bag in Barcelona she estimated the number of stolen drawings and jotted it down in the sequence. Relaxing into the connectedness and fascination of everything, she often researched things she’d never seen before—the cleistogamous marriage of violets, the language of venery, caput mortuum in early spring, the elegance and economy of seeds and nuts. Continuing day after day, line by line, step by step, without looking back or ahead for four years until on a sunny morning in June, exactly four years after starting the project, Diehn spotted a hen scratching in the dust and stopped to draw her dancing motion, and wrote the number 10,000.

The entire sequence is documented online at Diehn’s blog – http://real-life-journals.blogspot.com

Reproductions of many drawings will be on view as well as all of the journals employed throughout Ms Diehn’s four years of numerically tracking her sketching practice. There will be a talk/presentation by the artist. An exhibition catalog will be available for sale at the opening.

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Exhibition Catalog

On March 2 – 4, 2018 Ms Diehn will teach a class at Asheville BookWorks – Armchair Travel Sketching: Building a Practice. The class will build a sketchbook to facilitate exploration and learn how to use it in a sustainable practice of looking, seeing, and noting/sketching.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Gwen Diehn has exhibited her artwork internationally and worked in many private and public collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington. She has taught college art as well as workshops for many years and is the author of several other Lark books, including The Decorated Page, The Decorated Journal, and The Complete Decorated Journal. Her Live & Learn: Real Life Journals (Lark) was listed as one of the top ten crafts books of 2010 by Booklist. Gwen lives in Swanannoa, NC.  Follow Ms Diehn’s ongoing adventures at: http://real-life-journals.blogspot.com/

Vandercooked Poetry Nights featuring Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown Asheville BookWorks, a community resource for print and book arts, continues Vandercooked Poetry Nights, its reading series that offers the public the opportunity to print a letterpress broadside at the series events. The upcoming Vandercooked Poetry Nights reading features award-winning poet Jericho Brown on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Printing begins at 7:00 p.m. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by BookWorks founder and director Laurie Corral, and poet Landon Godfrey, the event is free and open to the public.

Asheville BookWorks hosts several Vandercooked Poetry Nights per year and presents prominent poets and letterpress artists. At Vandercooked events, everyone is invited to print a broadside of one of the featured poet’s poems on a rare Vandercook printing press. Master printers introduce the printing presses and organize the printing.

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor in English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

Broadside artist Landon Godfrey said, “Jericho Brown is an incredible poet and a marvelous reader. To design and print a broadside of a poem of his is an artistic honor.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Gallery Nomads: Asheville is the newest of GreenHill’s exhibitions highlighting NC’s regional art centers. Five of Asheville’s most innovative art spaces have set up camp for the summer in the Gallery at GreenHill each presenting a self-defining exhibition in 500 sq ft of space. Participating groups: Blue Spiral 1, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville Bookworks, Pink Dog Creative, and REVOLVE.”
Please visit the Greenhill Center online for complete information.
http://www.greenhillnc.org/gallery-nomads-asheville

The Elegant Statement

Locus by Macy Chadwick

The Elegant Statement exhibition is on view at Asheville Bookworks through April 22.

Featuring 27 book artists and letterpress printers working across the United States, curated by Lisa Beth Robinson, this collection of books and broadsides exemplify the relationship between material and meaning; each magnifies the other. Some artists are driven by content, some by structure, but all works demonstrate a deep respect and passion for our craft. Works will be on display until April 22, 2016.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Brian Borchardt (WI), Macy Chadwick (CA), Maureen Forys (CA), Caren Heft (WI), Jennie Hinchcliff (CA), Josh Hockensmith (NC), Sarah Hulsey (MA), Ned Irvine (NC), Ellen Knudsen (FL), Barbara McFadyen (NC), Jeffrey Morin (WI), Carrie Ann Plank (CA), Kristin Rothrock (NC), Julie Sittler (WI), Eileen Wallace (GA), Mark Brueggeman (WI), Mary Bruno (MN), Terrence Chouinard (TN), John Cutrone (FL), Dan Elliott (NC), Landon Godfrey (NC), Gary Hawkins (NC), Diana Hoover (WI), Craig Malmrose (NC), Jennifer Manzella (GA), Paul Moxon (AL), and Lisa Beth Robinson (NC).

There will also be a special visit by the Itinerant Printer, traveling letterpress printer… For more info – https://www.facebook.com/itinerantprinter

Our gallery is always free and open to the public during our regular hours.

Locus by Macy Chadwick

Locus is a personal geography about taking a leap into a new phase of life, and existing in the space between the known past and the unknown future. In this exploratory realm, anything is possible. The narrator considers her past, locates herself in the present and finally embraces the enigmatic future. by Macy Chadwick
Relief and pressure printing on Mohawk and Gampi Shi papers. Hybrid french doors/accordion book in hard cover. Housed in a clam shell box.
12.5 x 10.5 closed
Limited edition of 40.
$1150 each.

Ingress/Egress by Ellen Knudson

Ingress / Egress is an artist’s book that contemplates the design of artists’ books. The intent of the piece is to encourage ideation on the theme “books are”. The six French-fold books use geometry, visual design, text, and imagery to investigate topics such as “Books Are Architecture” and “Books Are Collections”. Books are letterpress printed on Japanese mulberry paper from Boxcar Press photopolymer plates. The translucency of the mulberry paper produces layers of reading in each book, and the potential interaction of layers among the entire suite of books. by Ellen Knudson 6”W x 9”H x 3/4”D. 2015

Lisa Beth Robinson – Curator, The Elegant Statement
Lisa Beth Robinson is the proprietor of Somnambulist Tango Press where she makes artists books, fine art, and collaborative chapbooks and broadsides. Robinson is a mixed-media artist who is transforming materials physically and psychologically in the pursuit of understanding the idea of reading alongside interpersonal, spiritual, and environmental relationships and their global impact. Her media include handmade paper, letterpress printing, collage, and her innovative processes employ principles of physics, botany, and Jungian psychology.
Her books and bookworks visualize the relationship between language and experience, making connections between disassociated objects and concerns. Her primary research interest at this time includes colony collapse disorder, both in and of itself and as a metaphor for global sociopolitical acts. She is extremely interested in the interconnectedness of things.
Robinson serves as an assistant professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and serves on the national board of the College Book Art Association. Her degrees are from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recently, her work has been purchased by institutions such as Yale University and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

BookOpolis

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DREAM A BOOK

exhibition dates:
March 17 through May 17, 2017


BookOpolis Weekend
Friday, March 17, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:30pm

Artist books will be on view, some artists will be in attendance; light refreshments will be offered

Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1 – 5pm

Free and open to the public

Dream A Book is a book arts exhibition on the subject of dreams and dreaming.
Dream. Dream a Book…Dream big or small.

Dreams are by nature non-linear, open to interpretation, flipping by turn, creating unexpected detours and realms of possibility inconceivable in waking life. Dreams entertain our senses, provide creative insight, perhaps even model the creative process for us as we sleep.

Dreams inspire us, haunt us, guide us and confuse us. What artist hasn’t sought to express a dream through creative work? Yet how to evoke the ethereal in the material? How to construct containers in which dreams can abide? All forms of dreaming are welcome in this artist book exhibit.

Exhibition

All work will be exhibited for the BookOpolis 2017: Dream A Book opening weekend – March 17-18, 2017. The show is not juried. However, after the close of the premier weekend, select works will remain on exhibit in the Gallery at BookWorks through May 17, 2017.
BookWorks will publish an online gallery for BookOpolis 2017: Dream A Book.

Award

Laurie Corral, director of Asheville BookWorks, will select a Purchase Award from all the entries shown at BookOpolis 2017: Dream A Book. The Purchase Award will become part of Asheville BookWorks Special Collections.

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COMPLETE INFORMATION – Submissions/Instructions/Eligibility

Submissions + Dates

Submissions should be entered online no later than February 24, 2017. Please see below for submission instructions. Artwork should arrive at BookWorks no later than February 24, 2017. Artwork arriving later than February 24, 2017, may not be shown. For the link to a printable file of the complete BookOpolis Prospectus please click here: 2017 BookOpolis Prospectus

Eligibility

BookOpolis 2017: Dream A Book is open to all artists, 18 and older working in book arts. All forms of artist books are eligible including sculptural, 2D, 3D. All books should have content. Submitted works should be completed within the past two years, 2015-2017 and should not have been shown at Asheville BookWorks in the past.

Size Limitations

Space is limited, BookWorks reserves the right to not fully display works greater than 18” in any direction. Please inquire before shipping work if you have specific space requirements. The acceptance of an entry in the exhibition further includes permission to photograph work and/or use images for publicity and educational purposes. Please indicate insurance value for work, including NFS (not-for-sale) work.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Entry = a single work. The $25.00 fee pays for up to two entries. Instructions below.
A complete submission of one or two entries consists of:
1) complete online data for each entry
2) fee paid
3) completed work delivered to ABW. Please include return shipment labels and info.

INSTRUCTIONS
Online submission procedure

Please click this link to proceed to the entry form for your work. If you are submitting two pieces please be sure to complete information for both and upload images for each piece.
NOTE – Have this information ready before you proceed:
• Personal and Submission data
YOU
– name, address, phone, email
   ENTRY – Title, materials, size, description (50-75wds approx), handling/price/insurance
• image files – you may upload 3 images of each piece (max upload 10MB); jpg pdf tiff formats accepted; images files should be 300 dpi at about 6-7inches on the longest side. Name files like this: title.yourlastname.jpg (This is an example – abbreviations OK)

Payment and Shipping
Once your online entry is complete and you “submit” the following will occur:
1) you will be transferred to a Paypal page to process your payment of $25 (You may submit two pieces for the fee of $25)
2) you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a downloadable fie for Shipping Form. Please download and complete this printed form and include with your packaged work when you ship to us.